Standoff in Beloit ends without incident

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  • Austin Montgomery/Beloit Daily News Members of the Beloit Police Department and Janesville Police Department tactical teams established a perimeter around an apartment in the 2200 block of Burton Street on Wednesday in Beloit during a standoff situation involving a 32-year-old Rockford man.

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  • Austin Montgomery/Beloit Daily News Members of the Beloit Police Department and Janesville Police Department tactical teams established a perimeter around an apartment in the 2200 block of Burton Street on Wednesday in Beloit during a standoff situation involving a 32-year-old Rockford man.

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    Duke

BELOIT - A standoff that started early Wednesday in the 2200 block of Burton Street ended peacefully, with a Rockford man wanted on multiple warrants being arrested without incident, according to Beloit police.

Police say one of the man's alleged victims was in the home during the standoff that started at around 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, ending with the arrest of Alexander F. Duke, 32, at around 10:45 a.m.

Beloit command staff confirmed that a 29-year-old Beloit woman was in her apartment with Duke. She was uninjured. The apartment was the scene of an alleged incident where Duke shot a gun at the woman during an argument in March, according to court records.

Officers were alerted of Duke's whereabouts by residents early Wednesday. Officers attempted to make contact with him, but he refused to cooperate with authorities.

Residents at the Woodside Terrace apartments were evacuated.

Duke was arrested without incident at around 10:45 a.m. and was not injured from the incident, according to Beloit Strategic Communications Director Sarah Millard. Millard also confirmed Duke was unarmed at the time of his arrest, and was not arrested on any new additional charges.

He is currently in custody at the Rock County Jail, according to the Rock County Sheriff's Office. He will make a jail court appearance today at 3 p.m. in Rock County Circuit Court.

Duke is wanted on charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, kidnapping and false imprisonment from alleged incidents that occurred in Beloit and Rockford on March 28, according to Rock County court records. According to Beloit police command staff, Duke faces a sexual assault warrant from the Rockford Police Department.

A criminal complaint was filed on April 9 and an arrest warrant on April 12. The complaint alleges Duke shot a gun at the 29-year-old woman during an argument at her apartment in the 2200 block of Burton Street, before forcing her into a vehicle and driving to his residence in the 1200 block of South Court Street, Rockford.

While in Rockford, the woman claimed Duke physically and sexually assaulted her, according to the complaint.

Officers from the Beloit and Janesville police departments' tactical teams, Beloit Fire Department and Town of Beloit Fire Department assisted in Wednesday's incident.

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